Today the wellness travel sector is one of the fastest-growing in the travel industry. Wellness practises around the world are given more visibility than ever before and with our hectic and stressful lifestyles, it’s no wonder that when you do have some downtime we use it towards healing and self-care. There is so much choice nowadays when it comes to wellness retreats, health-focused destinations and activities we can do on vacation that will directly contribute to our wellbeing. You might be completely overwhelmed when trying to look for wellness retreats or destinations as, quite frankly, there are so many different ones to choose from.
Before choosing the perfect wellness retreats for you, you’ll first want to ask yourself some questions to really find out what it is you’re looking for. Perhaps you have a goal in mind and a retreat might help with achieving that goal or perhaps you have specific activities that you like and would like to practise more of on your trip. Asking yourself the following questions can really help you determine what it is that you’re really after from a wellness retreat or wellness destination.
#1 WHAT KIND OF VACATION ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
We all have different things going on in our lives at different times and those circumstances might also reflect in your vacation needs. If you’ve had a stressful, full-on few months you might be looking for something extremely relaxing and detoxing or if you’ve been sitting at your desk for way too long you might be seeking some action and a little adrenaline. Ask yourself what type of retreat or destination you’re in the mood for. Something active, relaxing, detoxing, rejuvenating, adventurous?- there are so many retreats out there to fulfil all of your needs.
#2 HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE?
How much time you have for your vacation is a really important point to consider as ultimately it might dictate how far you can go. If you only have one week it might not be feasible to spend 36 or even 48 hours getting to and from your destination, leaving you with just 3 days of down-time. It is also important to consider time zones and jet lag. If you are planning to go away for a short time, do you really want to be dealing with the effects of jet lag for half that time?
#3 IS IT POSSIBLE TO TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY?
Sometimes it’s not always possible to fly internationally for a number of reasons, more recently COVID-19 quarantine constrains. If you feel like international travel is more trouble than it’s worth you might want to commit to a wellness retreat closer to home.
#4 WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET?
Not all retreats and destinations cost the same and while wellness retreats tend to be on the pricier side, they tend to fit many different budgets. Ask yourself what is your budget and if you’re not sure it might be a good idea to sit down and work it out. Wellness retreats vary from the ultra-luxurious experiences in 5-star resorts to comfortable yet humble beach-side yoga retreats and your budget will no doubt affect which one you choose. What’s included in the retreat price varies from one retreat to the other so make sure to read the small print before booking.
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#5 WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS?
Your interests will probably be the deciding factor on which kind of retreat you end up choosing. Really ask yourself what it is that you like doing. What brings the most joy to your life? When are you the happiest? Try to zone in on these interests as they will really help you to make a decision about the retreat you choose. Do you prefer the beach or the mountains? Cool or hot weather? Do you even like yoga? Do you enjoy being in the water? Do adventure sports fill you with fear? With so many wellness retreats out there today, knowing which ones to Google, will make your life a lot easier.
#6 WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?
Before choosing the best wellness retreats a great question to ask yourself is what are your goals, your life goals or spiritual goals. Do you want to become more connected and advanced in your yoga practice? Do you want to get back into meditation but you haven’t yet found the time? Always wanted to try trail running or hiking? Want to know more about Ayurveda and other holistic health practices? Do you want to meet other, like-minded people? Whatever your goals are, zoning in on them can help you to find the perfect wellness retreats or wellness destination for you.
#7 WHAT PARTS OF THE WORLD INTEREST YOU?
Another thing to consider is where you want to go. Wellness travel really has spread throughout the world and you’ll no doubt be able to find wellness retreats in all corners of the globe. Do you have a country at the top of your bucket list that you’ve longed to visit? Are you interested in Italian cooking or Nordic design? Why not combine some of these interests with your retreat? There’s nothing stopping you from perhaps making the retreat a little shorter and exploring the country you’re in for its culture, food and overall vibes.
#8 WHAT KIND OF TRAVELLER ARE YOU?
Thinking about what kind of traveller you are can really help you to narrow down your retreat choices further. Are you an adventurous person or do you like to play things safe? Are you a solo traveller and looking to either be alone or connect with others? Are you a fast or slow traveller? All of these answers can help you choose from a surfing retreat to a solo female retreat.
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